Okay, between the Gawker comment that first problematized the issue and the corroborating letter from Rick that Mike Nagrant published on Hungry, we’re satisfied that the frozen scallops on Wednesday night’s episode of Top Chef were a plant by the show’s producers, and that the part of the show explaining this was edited out.
But then why would Rick “take the shot” during the judgment round about having frozen scallops in his walk-in when they weren’t really his? It doesn’t seem like a cover-up; instead, Rick probably just got really flustered by the audacity of Spike’s claim, and responded by acceding to something that he knew to be not his fault (since the scallops, after all, were not his). Had Rick been thinking clearly, he obviously would have defended his honor and his business, but all that goes out the window in a fast-paced verbal tit-for-tat.
Let’s hope a lawsuit comes out of this.